Michael, Sarah, Pete, Becky, Will and Margaret take a picture in front of Exit Glacier in Seward on Aug. 21.

Out of the Office: Finally feeling at home

Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp explores Alaska with Tennessee family.

Michael, Sarah, Pete, Becky, Will and Margaret take a picture in front of Exit Glacier in Seward on Aug. 21.

Sports in brief

Football COVID-19 issues with the Seward Seahawks caused the football team to cancel its game last week against Homer. Upcoming games: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept.… Continue reading

Photo by Kat Sorensen 
Fireweed in Seward, Alaska.

Tangled Up in Blue: Hand Dipped

The Lost Lake Run was a long one. I ran over 15 miles, from Primrose to the Bear Creek Fire Station, with just two granola… Continue reading

Photo by Kat Sorensen 
Fireweed in Seward, Alaska.
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Grace runners sweep Homer Invitational

The Grace Christian girls and boys cross-country teams swept the Homer Invitational on Friday at the Lookout Mountain Ski Trails just outside of Homer. On… Continue reading

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A Student Conservation Association team builds traditions around a game of Catan in a tent by Funny River. (Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service)

Refuge Notebook: Settlers of Catan in the backcountry

By SANJA ZELEN Kenai National Wildlife Refuge It was 10 miles out in the backcountry, just off the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s Hansen Horse Trail,… Continue reading

A Student Conservation Association team builds traditions around a game of Catan in a tent by Funny River. (Photo by US Fish and Wildlife Service)
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University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Sean Parnell, second from right, announces the reinstatement of the hockey team at a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in the hockey locker room in Anchorage, Alaska. From left are Kathie Bethard, Save Seawolf Hockey chairwoman; university athletic director Greg Myford; Parnell; and former hockey player Jim Mayes. Donors, including the NHL’s newest team, raised over $3 million after the program was eliminated.

College hockey returns to Anchorage; Kraken get an assist

ANCHORAGE — Hockey is returning to the University of Alaska Anchorage after donors, including the NHL’s newest team, raised over $3 million after the program… Continue reading

  • Sep 1, 2021
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University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Sean Parnell, second from right, announces the reinstatement of the hockey team at a news conference Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in the hockey locker room in Anchorage, Alaska. From left are Kathie Bethard, Save Seawolf Hockey chairwoman; university athletic director Greg Myford; Parnell; and former hockey player Jim Mayes. Donors, including the NHL’s newest team, raised over $3 million after the program was eliminated.
Seamus McDonough sprints toward the finish during the Colony Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Colony High School. McDonough placed eighth. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

Grace cross-country sweeps Colony Invite

The Grace Christian girls and boys cross-country teams swept the Colony Invitational on Saturday in the Matanuska-Susitna valleys. The Grace girls won with 40 points,… Continue reading

Seamus McDonough sprints toward the finish during the Colony Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Colony High School. McDonough placed eighth. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
Carter Tennison scores a touchdown for the Homer Mariners against Kodiak High School on Saturday, Aug.28. The Mariners won 34-0. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Football Upcoming games: 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3: Varsity vs. Seward, Seward High School 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4: Junior Varsity vs. Nikiski, Nikiski High… Continue reading

Carter Tennison scores a touchdown for the Homer Mariners against Kodiak High School on Saturday, Aug.28. The Mariners won 34-0. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
The pump track at Kachemak City Park is now open for use when the park is dry. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Kachemak City Park pump track open for use

Bikes are pumping at the new Kachemak City Park pump track, located on East End Road. The new recreation area was designed and built by… Continue reading

The pump track at Kachemak City Park is now open for use when the park is dry. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Carter Tennison scores a touchdown for the Homer Mariners against Kodiak High School on Saturday, Aug.28. The Mariners won 34-0. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Football roundup: SoHi, Homer secure wins

The Soldotna football team got a big boost from freshmen and sophomores in notching a 35-0 Northern Lights Conference victory at Chugiak on Friday night.… Continue reading

Carter Tennison scores a touchdown for the Homer Mariners against Kodiak High School on Saturday, Aug.28. The Mariners won 34-0. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
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Kenai, Homer volleyball notch wins

The host Kenai Central volleyball team moved to 2-0 in nontournament play with a nonconference sweep of Bethel on Thursday. The Kardinals notched 25-21, 25-11… Continue reading

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Fireweed blooms along the Skyline Trail on Aug. 13, 2021, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.

Refuge Notebook: Alaska ‘Super Bloom’: The beauty of regrowth

By SANJA ZELEN Kenai National Wildlife Refuge It was March 16 of 2019 when I first heard of the ecological phenomenon known as a “super… Continue reading

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Fireweed blooms along the Skyline Trail on Aug. 13, 2021, on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska.
The Lost Lake Trail just outside of Seward, Alaska, on Sept. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Inokuma, Fletcher win Lost Lake Run

Palmer’s Meg Inokuma and Anchorage’s Aaron Fletcher picked up victories at the Lost Lake Run on Saturday outside of Seward. The run uses the Lost… Continue reading

The Lost Lake Trail just outside of Seward, Alaska, on Sept. 12, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
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Reeling ‘Em In: So long and thanks for all the fish tips: Nick closes out the season

I had heard rumors that there were still some jumpers accompanying the incoming tides at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon, so Jane and I checked… Continue reading

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Homer Halibut Tournament logo

2021 Homer Halibut Tournament canceled

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center has canceled the upcoming Homer Halibut Tournament.

Homer Halibut Tournament logo

Sports in brief

Football Upcoming games: Noon Saturday, Aug. 28: Varsity vs. Kodiak, Homer High School 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28: Junior Varsity vs. Kodiak, Homer High School… Continue reading

Kathleen Sorensen, “Tangled Up In Blue” columnist, is from Seward, the Alaska tourist town mentioned in this week’s story. Pictured is Resurrection Bay in Seward on Aug. 21, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Tangled Up In Blue: Slowing down

I’m finding myself, more than ever, falling into bouts of anger, and it’s making me mad. Sure, there are everyday things to be upset about.… Continue reading

Kathleen Sorensen, “Tangled Up In Blue” columnist, is from Seward, the Alaska tourist town mentioned in this week’s story. Pictured is Resurrection Bay in Seward on Aug. 21, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
A mountain hemlock burned in the 2019 Swan Lake Fire, pictured June 29, 2021. (Photo by Matt Bowser/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: When hemlocks burn

When the weather deteriorates in the mountains, I head for those deepest green patches of forest at tree line. These groves of hardy, resilient and… Continue reading

A mountain hemlock burned in the 2019 Swan Lake Fire, pictured June 29, 2021. (Photo by Matt Bowser/USFWS)
Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Summer fishing is winding down

We have reached the section of the summer’s trail where it starts to wind down into the valleys of September, soon to be awash in… Continue reading

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A row of footballs iat the Homer-Seward game at Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 29, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

SoHi, Homer, Kenai football drop games

Chugiak 17, Homer 14, OT Andrew Neilson kicked a 20-yard field goal in overtime to give the Division II Mustangs a nonconference win over Division… Continue reading

A row of footballs iat the Homer-Seward game at Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 29, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)